Dave Cutler, PRISM, Mica, Emerald, etc.

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  • In May 1985, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) started the Prism project to develop RISC technology which would eventually replace their CISC-based VAX. Why would they do this? In the words of DEC’s Gordon Bell, there is a major revolution in computer technology every then years and VAX first appeared between 1977-1978
  • Dave Cutler (working at DEC West in Seattle, a few miles away from Microsoft) headed Prism as well as software sub-projects named Mica, and Emerald

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